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lost cause

noun a defeated cause, abortion, bomb, defeat, dereliction, downfall, flop, frustration, hopeless situation, insolvency, losing game, malfunction, misadventure, miscarriage, misstep, nonperformance, omission, terminal case, total loss, waste of energies, waste of time
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The First Minister may not do lost causes but he needs to find some better answers.
He told the Panel that Dr Espejo-Perez was the "most lost cause of all the lost causes" he has seen.
Lost Causes analyzes the problematic relationship between the Victorians and their history, and the way in which selected texts articulate "surprising models" (2) of history as process.
2) </pre> <p>Postliberalism appeals to southern evangelicals not because of an experience of lost ecclesial power, something that never occurred in the South; rather, postliberalism resonates with a provincial cultural worldview forged by a sense of disenfranchisement due to repeated federal interventionism and bolstered by a tendency to sectarian defensiveness in the name of these lost causes.
I realize, of course, that all of these are lost causes.
I didn't see it coming because I had just gone through two years of lost causes with the club.
SO THAT GENUINE GOOD CAUSES DO NOT BECOME LOST CAUSES.
The preoccupation with history, especially a history of lost causes, is not simply reactionary or atavistic; it is the heady medium through which a people who believe themselves to be a "nation" distinguish themselves from their colonizers, and debate their own postcolonial future.